Dr Andrew Chilton, Medical Director at Kettering General Hospital
March 09, 2018
Dr Andrew Chilton is a Gastroenterologist who specialises in Therapeutic Endoscopy and Bowel Cancer Screening. He graduated from Newcastle University and did his Postgraduate in the West Midlands.
He relocated to Northamptonshire around 15 years ago and became clinical lead at Kettering General Hospital KGH). He took a service that was rudimentary and developed it into the outstanding Endoscopy service it is today. He was appointed Medical Director at KGH in 2010. His wife is also a doctor and works in Leicester, so they live between Northampton and Leicester.
Andrew says, “I feel very lucky to be working at Kettering General Hospital. After relocating to Northamptonshire I stumbled across Kettering. There are not many consultant roles here, but it just so happened there was a role available just after I relocated. The role is exciting as I get to develop new services and new pathways of care, as well have the opportunity to do research.”
Andrew has a strong interest in quality assurance, authoring the national QA colonoscopy guidelines for bowel cancer screening, and he works at a regional and national level in this area. He has a personal interest in patient safety and is the leading principal in care delivery.
Andrew says there are many opportunities for medical professionals to develop and lead in Northamptonshire and that it’s a very dynamic working environment.
He says, “At KGH you are not entering a teaching hospital where you have a narrow role as a consultant – here you have the opportunity to develop your passions around teaching, academia and research. There is also good interaction between colleagues and management, which is important.
“Some of my contemporaries who go to teaching hospitals are delivering a narrow medical job and the only opportunity for progression is when someone retires or relocates. This isn’t the case here,” adds Andrew.
Andrew says the training on offer at KGH is excellent. The University of Leicester Medical school granted Affiliated Teaching Hospital status to KGH in 2012 for consistently high standards of education for medical students, which Andrew believes should help recruit doctors.
The undergraduate level has the highest satisfaction level and there is a very high first time pass rate at postgraduate level. There is also a real opportunity for medical professionals to get into academic roles.
Andrew highlights that Northamptonshire is a great place to live and work. He says, “It’s got great schools, outstanding rugby and is a wonderful place to be. It’s also close to London and it is Formula1 country.”
When asked why Doctors should consider relocating to Northamptonshire, Andrew says, “The work life balance is good and nowhere is difficult to commute to. Whilst the work can be challenging, you are rewarded by working in a wonderful environment and always only minutes from the countryside.”
Andrew highlights that many Doctors even end up returning to work at KGH. He says, “Doctors who learnt their medicine and skills here often return to work here. There is great service development, and teams are very supportive of each other. For those that are passionate about research there are also good research networks here.”